08/26/2010 04:27 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bennet's First General Election Ad Presents Buck As An Extremist (VIDEO)

Following suit on what's becoming a common campaign theme for Democrats, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) launched his first general election advertisement on Thursday painting his opponent Ken Buck as too extreme for his voters.

Titled "Who is Ken Buck," the ad is montage of various quotes from the Weld County DA -- from his distaste with Social Security to his opposition to abortion in cases of rape and incest. Like ads run against Sharron Angle in the neighboring state of Nevada, the spot does little heavy lifting. Buck's words alone are presented as anathema to mainstream values.

But the purpose of the spot is bit broader. A large chunk of Colorado's population is unaffiliated with either political party and was therefore disqualified from voting in the dual Senate primaries that recently concluded. Running statewide, the ad is meant to both define Buck for these individuals and engage them in the political process. It's also a reminder of sorts for those Democrats disappointed by the party's bitter primary, that there are compelling reasons to overcome those disappointments.